Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Won't YOU Join Me?




So, I am endeavoring to become a 5:16 Gal. Won't you join me?

If God has been prompting your heart to get alone with Him more, take the challenge with me.

Please make a comment below so that I can pray for!

“I earnestly recommend that it be in the early morning, unless there are some extenuating circumstances. Entering the day without a serious meeting with God, over his Word and in prayer, is like entering the battle without tending to your weapons. The human heart does not replenish itself with sleep. The body does, but not the heart. We replenish our hearts not with sleep, but with the Word of God and prayer.”John Piper


Monday, June 29, 2009

Fab Fourth Finds



Is your mouth watering profusely? Mine is!

NOW,

STOP Drooling..... and START Makin'!

Any of these would be a hit at your 4th of July celebration this weekend!

1. Rocket Pops

2. Easy Patriotic Pie

3. Wave Your Flag Cake

4. Patriotic Cream Tart

5. Firecracker Cupcakes

6. Patriotic Twinkie Pie *Scroll Down Past Cream Tart*

7. Patriotic Layers

8. Patriotic Poke Cake

9. Berry Patriotic Yogurt Cups



**BONUS** :

Sparklin' Marshmallow Crispy Treats

What Does It Cost You?

I have always loved the story of Mary and the Alabaster Box with the precious ointment inside. One of our pastors preached on this very passage last evening and it sparked my love for this passage once again.

(Mark 14:3-8)

Alabaster is a beautiful semi-transparent gemstone.

It was used to make containers which would hold only the most expensive and precious contents.

When the contents were extremely precious, the makers would work the stone in such a way that the only way to empty it would be to break the container.

This perfume was made from the oil of an herb plant called nard and was only found in India in Biblical times, so this was a precious import and it could very well have been a family heirloom passed down from generation to generation. In biblical times, perfume was stored in an alabaster jar and could only be used once.

Once you broke the seal of the jar, it had to be used at that moment, or it would loose its fragrance. Mary knew that this would be a one time deal. She was willing to give it all or nothing at all.


What are we doing with the resources God has given to us as woman of God?

What does it mean to you to give your best to Him?

Are you giving Him your 'leftovers'?

When you have a special, honored guest into your home, do you give them your soggy leftovers from last night's hurried meal? No, you take your time -

Planning
Preparing
Presenting

your very best!

How much more should we do this for our Savior?

Sacrifice never seems justifiable. It never looks good on paper.


BUT~

It should cost you something!


Ever thought these very same things I have?:

I have so much to do today, I couldn't possibly STOP what I'm doing, and spend some time with you! I want to do this ___________ (<-----insert excuse here). Mary anointed both the head and the feet of her Master, and wiped His feet with her hair. It was an act of love and devotion that brought fragrance to the whole house.


It was an act of Faith - she believed what Jesus was saying about His imminent death and burial.

Our belief in what God says should cause us to respond in obedience.

Each of us women have our own life to live before the Lord. Only we know of what He is asking of us- what He is asking us to sacrifice for Him - what he is asking us to lay down for Him.

Our motivation should be that of Love, Gratitude, Thankfulness, and Honor for our Savior Jesus Christ.

Alabaster Box

The room grew still
As she made her way to Jesus
She stumbles through the tears that made her blind
She felt such pain
Some spoke in anger
Heard folks whisper
There's no place here for her kind
Still on she came
Through the shame that flushed her face
Until at last, she knelt before his feet
And though she spoke no words
Everything she said was heard
As she poured her love for the Master
From her box of alabaster

And I've come to pour
My praise on Him
Like oil from Mary's alabaster box
Don't be angry if I wash his feet with my tears
And I dry them with my hair
You weren't there the night He found me
You did not feel what I felt
When he wrapped his love all around me and
You don't know the cost of the oil
In my alabaster box

I can't forget the way life used to be
I was a prisoner to the sin that had me bound
And I spent my days
Poured my life without measure
Into a little treasure box
I'd thought I'd found
Until the day when Jesus came to me
And healed my soul
With the wonder of His touch
So now I'm giving back to Him
All the praise He's worthy of
I've been forgiven
And that's why
I love Him so much

The Break Up

A break up that has been long overdue

When would I get a clue?



You have caused me more trouble, work and pain

You sometimes even left behind a stain.



Instead of giving off a nice fresh scent

A cloud of dust you sent!



The goal for cleanliness

Was being undermined with every push



Until the day came

When it was time for the smush!



So out to the trash you went

I would no longer have to vent!



For a break up that has been long overdue

I would finally be starting anew!





Eureka! We have a winner!



I have yet to use this wonderful, fresh, clean, new piece of HEAVEN!


(Isn't it kinda funny the things we get excited about now! My, how life changes.)


Some things about this vacuum that excite me the most:

* HEPA Filter removes up to 99.98% of all allergens for cleaner indoor air
* The washable HEPA filter is easy to clean and is reusable
* Easy-to-empty flip-bottom dust cup
* Power Paw with Riser Visor for cleaning upholstery and stairs



*****Please stay tuned for my full review!*****



Saturday, June 27, 2009

Drip Drop Drip Drop

You are trying to sleep but just cannot get that nagging sound out of your head!
Drip .......Drop
Drip .......Drop
Drip .......Drop


The second part of Proverbs 19:13 says that "The contentions of a wife are a continual dropping"

con·ten·tious \kən-ˈten(t)-shəs\

Definitions

-exhibiting an often perverse and wearisome tendency to quarrels and disputes

-synonyms see:

bel·lig·er·ent

-waging war

-inclined to or exhibiting assertiveness, hostility, or combativeness


Contentious mean having an aggressive or fighting attitude. Belligerent often implies being actually at war or engaged in hostilities. Quarrelsome stresses an ill-natured readiness to fight without good cause. Contentious implies perverse and irritating fondness for arguing and quarreling.


Take a serious assessment of your behavior and attitude towards your own husband. Would any of these words describe you? EVER?

CONTENTIOUS
BELLIGERENT
DISPUTING SPIRIT
HOSTILE
QUARRELSOME
FIGHTING SPIRIT
IRRITATING
FONDNESS FOR ARGUING
WAGING WAR
PUGNACIOUS

NO!

Well Maybe sometimes?

Oh Dear! Yes, they do...


As Christians, more specifically Christian Wives, we are called to a life of continually examining ourselves before the Lord.

Psalm 139:23-24

23 Search me, O God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.

24 See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.



No one is perfect. . .

BUT:

We can continually seek the heart of God and desire to CHANGE...

FOR THE BETTER!

For HIS Glory.


So examine your own life today. Ask God to change your heart. Be a woman, wife, and child of God who seeks to create a home that is welcoming and peaceable.





Proverbs 31:11

11The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.



Friday, June 26, 2009

Supporting Your Habit...

Did I say habit? What I meant to say is HOBBY!

Here are some helpful ways to support your hobby of choice without breaking the bank:


Get yourself an Ebay account and sell that extra junk around the house- You know you have WAY too much stuff anyways.

Post stuff on Craigslist to sell.

Create your very own Etsy site and sell your homemade items.

Create a "Quarter Jar"- Stash away all of your quarters. Why quarters? 'Cause they're bigger than any other pocket change!






Be on the lookout for freebies and give-aways! Here are some going on right now:

Free Paint

Win a $500 Shopping Spree from Kraftstore.com

Free Stuff

Save coupons on favorite items!

Make a "wish list" and when you have saved enough, GO ON A SHOPPING SPREE!

HAVE FUN!


Luke 14:28-30 "For which one of you, when he wants to build a tower, does not first sit down and calculate the cost to see if he has enough to complete it? Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who observe it begin to ridicule him, saying, This man began to build and was not able to finish."

Take the I LUV U Challenge!


Here is a fun little game to play with your kids.

To play along, start immediately.

Say Guess what - (child says what) then say I LOVE YOU to your child(ren) often with a big smile.


Note their responses, body language, etc on a piece of paper.

Do this throughout the morning/afternoon.

Record the age of your child and their responses to you below in the comment section.



Here's what I found after playing this simple game:

Daughter Riley - Age 2 1/2

Responses:

I love you too

Big Smile

Came over and gave me a big hug

No response

Stop mommy - with a shy look but still smiling

You are my BEST FRIEND!

I have a surprise for you.


Son Carson - age 5 months

BIG SMILE

Giggles

Grin

Kiss on mommy's cheek



The Bloggin' Mommy Pledge

For all you Moms out there who are addicted to blogging......


THIS ONE's FOR YOU !




Repeat after me:


I will make every effort to put God and my family before blogging.

I will seek to create an intriguing title for each post.

I will attempt to make each post practical, relevant, and helpful-remembering who my audience is.

Whenever possible, I will include scripture.

I will seek to invoke some kind of emotion in my writing.

I will try to create posts that will keep my readers coming back for more.

I will try to use links whenever possible without becoming “link – happy”

I will keep in mind “everything in moderation” remembering that one click here and one click there can lead to too much time on the computer.

Don't forget to grab your own button (from the right) to post on your own blog. To do this:

Copy the pledge icon to the right

Save it to your desktop

Upload it to your layout page using the add picture feature.

Don't forget to add this link: http://ordinaryinspirations.blogspot.com/2009/06/bloggin-mommy-pledge.html

(If you found this post helpful, please comment below)

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

"________ Plus 8"



Whether you love the show Jon and Kate Plus 8, hate it, or could care less.... I'm sure you have heard in passing of the decision Jon and Kate have made to split up.

Although I am not a faithful "follower"... my heart still goes out to this family.

My heart breaks for them...

my heart wants better for them!

I just want to scream at the TV-

THERE'S STILL HOPE!

DON'T GIVE UP!

STOP YOUR SHOW AND WORK ON YOUR MARRIAGE!

No one is perfect. I do not support the way Kate talks to her husband - BUT - my heart still breaks for her, Jon and the kids.

They keep saying things like:

"WE ARE IN THIS FOR THE KIDS"

"THE KIDS ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT THING"

"WE WILL DO ANYTHING FOR OUR KIDS REGARDLESS OF OUR RELATIONSHIP"

Could it be that this is why they are in the mess they are in? Could it be they have chosen to put their careers and kids before one another. Who was here first?

The kids

or

Jon and Kate?

The answer speaks for itself.

What are your thoughts? Regardless of what you think of the show, won't you join me in praying for this family? Pray that they realize that one another is the most important thing for their kids. Pray that the Lord would do a miracle in their marriage as they both submit to Him.


Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Blogs That Inspire Me

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A Twist on your Traditional Chicken Salad

Do not pay any attention to this recipe if you do not like your "normal food" (as my husband likes to call it) changed into one of those "foo-foo" dishes.

Personally, I LOVED IT! It's sweet, yet crunchy, and oh so creamy touch gives it a SCRUMPTIOUS in my book.

This would be a great choice for a Ladies Luncheon!

Flock of Geese Chicken Salad



Serve this on a wrap, bread of choice, or even by itself right off the spoon!

I Made My First Hair Bow!

Okay, this is definitely what you call a "first", but you have to start somewhere right?

Please keep in mind, that-

#1. I, by NO MEANS, know how to sew

#2. I have never made a hair bow before

#3. If I can do it, SO CAN YOU!


I've bought some ribbon and ideas from a website called The Ribbon Retreat

It is an awesome website full of great ideas for making hair bows. I downloaded a free PDF of this fun Loop Hair Bow and gave it a whirl:


Has It Been Awhile Since You Had Your Fuel Checked?

EVER HAVE ONE OF THOSE DAYS?

Your computer has been infected by those pesky viruses


ALERT - - - > Patience = “Fuel Getting Low”


Your daughter wakes up with hives all over her face from an allergic reaction to sun block


ALERT - - - > Patience = “Must Fill Up Soon”


You go to take your nice, clean, fresh clothing out of the laundry only to find this:







SIDE NOTE (Cleaning): One of the many uses for baby wipes - wiping off pen from inside your dryer





ALERT - - - > Patience = “Blinking Red Light”


You manage to gather yourself together after cleaning up that horrific mess only to hear that dreadful whine – followed by the look of terror in your toddler’s eyes and the rumbling in their tummy.

You quickly sweep them up and make a mad dash for the bathroom only to miss right before the bowl.




ALERT - - - > Patience = “EMPTY”


What to do when your patience "fuel level" is running low? STOP and PRAY!




Psalm 63:1 "O God, thou art my God; EARLY WILL I SEEK THEE